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So far, so good for Kovalev-Pascal II

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He was planning on going to homeland Russia to show off his status as one of the top-tier pugilists on the planet but that plan was scuttled for something closer to home, which is now California. Sergey Kovalev will likely glove up with a familiar foe in his next contest; Main Events, his promoter, is working on a Jan. 30 rematch with Montrealer Jean Pascal. They met in March and Pascal gave a solid account of himself. He’s a known quantity and the bout is politically possible, while some other no-brainer matchups, like one with RING light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, are clogged by political intricacies.

“We are working with Interbox to make the rematch in Montreal on January 30th,” Kathy Duva told me. “It’s not official yet. But we work very well with Jean Bedard and the good people at Interbox. So I do not anticipate any insurmountable problems.”

Fight fans can look forward to a meaningful year from the 32-year-old Kovalev (28-0-1 with 25 knockouts). Pascal should enjoy a surge of helpful momentum fighting at home but if “Krusher” goes 2-for-2 against him, maybe his next bout would be against Andre Ward.

But, of course, it is a fool’s errand to plan too far ahead in the boxing business. What look like curveballs are often spitballs, so adapting on the fly is often a necessity. We will keep you apprised, friends.


It might be a fool’s errand to plan too far ahead in the boxing business but not so much in the boxing media. And Michael Woods is everywhere, man. But here’s his Twitter for good measure.